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May 2015

People always seem to be interested in the “best” of anything. In the library world, we are often asked for lists of “great books” of one kind or another. When it comes to newer books, critics and literary folks often strive to determine which new title is the next classic – the next Shakespeare, Faulkner, or Steinbeck. Well, to help YOU decide what YOUR new classics might be, we’ve compiled FIVE “best lists” and titled it, The NEW Classics?: great reads from 1985 to 2010. The lists came from a variety of (reputable) sources: Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Entertainment Weekly, www.pastemagazine.com, and qwiklit.com. May you have a wonderful time reading – and finding your own ‘new classics’.

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April 2015

William Shakespeare is the one poet / playwright whose works have been read (willingly or no) by just about everyone. His life and writing have inspired many an author in one way or another – some of which are featured in this month’s booklist and display, Shakespeare in Fiction – the man and his plays. While many of these titles are serious historical fiction, many others are serious and not-so-serious “investigations” and “what-ifs” featuring Will or his characters. However, ALL are invitations to enjoyable reading.

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National Poetry Month

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Champagne
Laura Kasischke

A cold wind, later, but no rain.
A bus breathing heavily at the station.
Beggars at the gate, and the moon
like one bright horn of a white
cow up there in space. But
(more…)

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March 2015

The March display is “North American Road Trip Adventures” – Perhaps some of the titles could inspire you to actually plan that long-desired travel adventure or they might bring simply bring you some stress-free armchair enjoyment. The books and videos run the gamut from funny to wry, from passionate to straight-forward, from reminiscences to how-to – but all are, in their own way, factual and informative. Enjoy the trip(s)!

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February 2015

Here’s a list of the 100 Top Romance Authors that came out of a survey by the All About Romance web page in 2013. Actually, the site was looking for a readers’ list of favorite Romance BOOKS and noticed that many authors received nominations for several of their books – but that no one book of these authors ended up being a clear top 100 TITLE. When the tally was by author, the result was quite different from the tally by title. So, here’s the author list. If you are interested in the results of All About Romance’s annual Best Books poll, go to www.likesbooks.com. You’ll find lots of other information, reviews, and several nifty lists for those who enjoy romantic reads, too.

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